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  • Welcome to my blog!

    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

    I've created a map that shows links to our camping/hiking/general family fun review posts that you can find here. It's pretty much the coolest thing on this site. Thanks, Google!

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Category Archives: camping & hiking

St Marys Falls Trail – Hiking Review

Traci’s note:  If you’re here for the crafts, thanks for bearing with me while I get the hiking/camping section of my blog up to date!  I’ve got less than half a dozen campgrounds/hikes left to review before they will go back to being occasional posts in otherwise crafty/nursing school endeavors.  If you haven’t seen it […]

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Ridgway State Park Campground Review

We went to Ridgway State Park after our stay in Mirror Lake (though Mirror Lake added such a long detour to the trip that it would have been just as fast to drive directly to Ridgway).   The heavy mosquito level put a damper on the trip–we’re usually spoiled when it comes to bugs here in […]

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Mirror Lake Campground

We visited Mirror Lake last year as part of a longer road trip.  Though the setting was beautiful, the rough road to the campground combined with the ATV noise well into the night means this was a one visit campground for us! Pros:  The beauty of Mirror Lake and the fun historic ‘living ghost town’ […]

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Pulpit Rock Park Hike

Ellie and I went on a mother-daughter hike today, something we are used to doing but that will come to an end now that Will is off for the summer and Ellie will be off to kindergarten in the fall.  It’s crazy to think that the ‘just the two of us’ time that has filled […]

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This is why I am a camping brat.

I posted recently that I’m a bit of a campsite snob.  Great campsites are what make my world turn.  I was sorting through pictures for some of these campsite reviews and stumbled upon the reason I am so very ruined for 99% of campsites.  The weekend we turned 30, my sister-in-law and I went backpacking […]

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